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Barmitzvah at long last

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

Hollywood producer Branko Lustig, 78, has won two Academy awards, with prestigious production credits on Fiddler on the Roof, Sophie's Choice and Schindler's List. But the one thing Croatian-born Mr Lustig never had was a barmitzvah.

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John Demjanjuk found guilty of Holocaust killings

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A man who could be one of the last people tried in Germany for Nazi-era war crimes has been found guilty of helping to kill Jews at Sobibor concentration camp.

John Demjanjuk was accused of being an accessory to the deaths of more than 27,000 people while he was a concentration camp guard during the Holocaust.

A judge sentenced him to five years in prison.

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Interfaith pioneer rabbi given top French honour

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

A New York-based rabbi who has dedicated his life to the promotion of human rights and religious tolerance has been presented with one of France's most prestigious honours.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier, a Vienna-born Holocaust survivor who created the interfaith partnership, the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, in 1965, received the Officer of the Legion of Honour at a ceremony in Manhattan.

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Kosher deli in very fatty sandwich war

By Jennifer Lipman, May 11, 2011

Food has always been serious business for the Jewish community, and never more so that in the famed kosher delis of New York City, where a broiges has developed over a sandwich.

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Darren Aronofsky tipped for George Clooney sci-fi film

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

Acclaimed Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky could be teaming up with George Clooney for his next film.

Mr Aronofsky, 42, pulled out of directing X Men spin-off The Wolverine earlier this year because he was reluctant to be separated from his family during the lengthy shoot.

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Clueless star Alicia Silverstone names son after animal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

Clueless star Alicia Silverstone has given birth to her first child - a boy she has called Bear Blu.

The Jewish actress, who was once named the world's "Sexiest Female Vegetarian" by animal rights organisation Peta, revealed the news on her personal blog.

Ms Silverstone, 34, said she and her husband, musician Christopher Jarecki were "all three in love".

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Kushner to be honoured by New York's City University after all

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2011

City University of New York (CUNY) has re-approved an honorary degree for playwright Tony Kushner, following its controversial decision to remove his name from a list of those eligible because of his stance on Israel.

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University rethinks Kushner honorary degree

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2011

The board of trustees of New York's City University (CUNY) is expected to meet tonight to decide whether to award an honorary degree to Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Tony Kushner.

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Tom Cruise's Holocaust awareness mission

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

Hollywood star Tom Cruise has been honoured by a Jewish human rights organisation for his work raising awareness of the Holocaust.

Mr Cruise, 48, was given the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy work by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre at its annual dinner last night.

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Legal battle between Galliano and former lawyer

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

John Galliano's former lawyer, French Jew Stephane Zerbib, is to sue the designer for defamation.

Mr Galliano, who is set to appear in court next week on a pre-trial hearing for public insult charges, announced that in mid-April his longtime legal adviser was dismissed.

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